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Week 3 Dynasty Waiver Wire

Hello DFF members, my name is Chris and this year I will be writing the weekly dynasty waiver adds piece. In this article I will be writing about players that I feel should be owned in much higher quantities in your dynasty leagues. I will try to stick to low ownership percentages, around 30% or less, but if there is a guy above that, who I think should be owned significantly more I will include them as well. I will be focusing on a 12-team, full PPR set-up for these articles but the players I am choosing should apply in 10-team leagues as well. Without further ado let’s get into the waiver adds. 

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Best Ball Is The Only Way To Mock

I haven’t done a mock draft in years, aside from a couple of rookie mocks for DFF earlier this offseason where we published our results. I have been doing cheap $10 and $35 dollar buy-in best ball leagues for years and pretended as though I was mocking. I was experimenting, I was reaching, and I was trying to see how far I could take a certain strategy from an early, mid, or late draft slot before that strategy breaks (in my pre-September mind). I have treated those best ball drafts as research. It’s what most people call mocking, but I do it with live drafts with real money.

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Redraft Values: Part One

Fantasy Stock Up, Stock Down: NFC North

Welcome back to the “Fantasy Stock Up, Stock Down” series (Preseason Edition). Training Camp battles are ramping up. Teams are preparing for their Preseason matchups. And injuries are opening up opportunities for players looking to earn significant roles and/or roster spots. The time to be the most active in Dynasty Leagues is NOW. We are going to hear “hype” reports from beat reporters. And we are going to hear some reports that make us feel a little uneasy about our player investments. Us Dynasty Managers must constantly research ways to bolster our rosters. In this continuation series, we will dive deep into one player whose dynasty stock is increasing and one player whose dynasty stock is decreasing from each team in every division. Today, we will break down the NFL North. 

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Rapid Reaction: Chicago Trades for N’Keal Harry

It’s not a surprise that New England has decided to move on from their 2019 first-round selection, N’Keal Harry. Per Ian Rapoport, the Bears traded for the three-year pro in exchange for a 2024 7th-round pick. At first glance, this makes sense for everyone involved. The Patriots finally get to move on from selecting Harry over names like Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, Diontae Johnson, and Terry McLaurin. The Bears take a chance on a high-upside player on a one-year rental. And Harry gets a fresh start in a new location to prove his worth. Who loses in this situation? Let’s dig deep into what we can expect from Chicago’s pass-catchers this season as a result of this trade. 

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2022 Projections: Chicago Bears

When we loosely compare players, most people feel they have a good idea of what kind of production to expect. We may think “Justin Fields can be a QB1 with no elite weapons in the passing game due to his rushing upside.” I am here to tell you what is possible and what is not. I make projections to ground myself and help to understand what is actually possible, probable, or realistic. So, in this series, I will be going through each NFL team and making median projections for their 2022 seasons with their most fantasy-relevant players. I may be able to discern if certain players are being undervalued immediately but in most cases, I will need to finish more teams to get a good idea. 

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2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Master Teague

Teague has fought hard throughout his career. Never pegged as someone who would excel at the next level, he proved the doubters wrong during his time at Ohio State. Served as a backup to J.K. Dobbins during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Accumulated 895 combined yards on the ground and five touchdowns, during the two seasons, on 152 attempts. Suffered a torn Achilles tendon, but managed to play in seven games in 2020. On 104 attempts, Teague produced 514 yards and eight touchdowns, serving as Trey Sermon’s backup but the primary short-yardage back for the Buckeyes. He put together one final injury-riddled season, where he played in just seven games once again. He only saw 67 attempts in 2021, but rushed for 5.3 yards per attempt and produced 355 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.

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2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Jaquan Brisker

Jaquan Brisker should leapfrog all the safeties taken ahead of him except Kyle Hamilton in rookie safety ranks. His only competition to start alongside rangy Eddie Jackson is a career back-up, Deandre Houston Carson. Better yet, the Bears have a new defensive coordinator in Alan Williams, most recently the Colts’ defensive backs coach. He and Matt Eberflus, the 2021 Colts defensive coordinator and 2022 Bears head coach, demonstrated a preference for a disparity in deployment between safeties. Julian Blackmon played the vast majority of his snaps deep while Khari Willis more frequently played closer to the line of scrimmage. The veteran Jackson can reasonably expect to be relied upon in a single-high role more often than the rookie Brisker. Brisker’s toughness in the box compares favorably with that of Jackson.

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2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Velus Jones Jr.

During his four years at USC, Jones Jr. showed flashes as a return specialist and saw limited time as a receiver on offense. He found a larger offensive role after transferring to Tennessee University. In his final season this past year, Jones Jr. hauled in 62 receptions for 807 yards and seven touchdowns. Although he produced as a receiver, he was noticed by earning second-team all-conference notice as a kick returner. He finished his collegiate career with 2,973 kick return yards and two kick return touchdowns while averaging 24.4 yards per kick return. 

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Dynasty Market Sweep: Rookie QB Value Review

Welcome to the Dynasty Market Sweep, a weekly recurring offseason article focusing on substantial value disparities in the dynasty market consensus. The very nature of the instantaneous fantasy news feed has made the dynasty market more reactionary and volatile than ever before. Once the proverbial petrol is poured, and Twitter fingers snap to ignite, player values can burn to the ground overnight. Value changes of this nature cause a ripple effect across the market. For every step up the ladder, someone must move down and vice versa.

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Fantasy Stock Up, Stock Down: Denver Broncos

Welcome back to the “Fantasy Stock Up, Stock Down” series (offseason edition). We are going to continue to evaluate teams’ players whose stock is up and whose stock is down before free agency and the draft start later in the offseason. A lot can change before next season, and there will be a ton of turnover before September comes around. As always, I want to reiterate that we will break down each NFL team throughout this series. We have broken down a few teams now at this point. Click on their links at the bottom of the page if you missed them. Today is all about the Denver Broncos. 

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Fantasy Stock Up, Stock Down: Chicago Bears

Welcome back to the “Fantasy Stock Up, Stock Down” series (off-season edition). Yes, there are still games to be played, but as a Dynasty manager, it’s never too early to start preparing for the next fantasy season. We don’t know what final rosters will look like to start next season, and we don’t know who each team will look to acquire in the draft/free agency. The “offseason edition” of this series is an early look at whose stock is up and whose stock is down going into the offseason. We will break down each NFL team. This week is all about the Chicago Bears. 

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Redraft: Week 18 Streamers

If you have one final matchup here in Week 18, enjoy it. Most leagues have already finished, but if your league decided to extend the championship round to this week, you need to capitalize on some streaming options. Let’s win this final matchup together. As always, we will provide the best weekly options to stream at quarterback, tight end, and D/ST. Keep in mind, each streaming option will be below 50% owned, according to ESPN leagues. 

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Redraft: Week 17 Streamers

In most fantasy leagues, this is CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK! You’ve made it this far, and you have one last matchup to take care of. When you never know when, or who, COVID attacks next, it’s very important to look at all of your options. The streaming options below could help punch your ticket(s) to a fantasy title this week. As always, we will provide the best weekly options to stream at quarterback, tight end, and D/ST. Keep in mind, each streaming option will be below 50% owned, according to ESPN leagues.

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IDP Wrap Up: Week 14

Aaron Donald was an animal again in week 14 against the Cardinals in Arizona. In the win, the Pitt alum notched five total tackles, a pass defended, three TFLs, and three sacks. At 30-years-old, Donald continues his reign as the most disruptive interior defender in the league. 

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One Week Ahead: Part 12

Managers everywhere thought they galaxy-brained their opponents when drafting rookie quarterback Trey Lance in the waning rounds of their season-long leagues. After just one start in Week 5 and no immediate signs of taking over the lead role, Lance’s roster percentages have dropped to a dismal 23.8%. 

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Week 12 Streamers

In most leagues, the postseason starts in either Week 15 or Week 16. That means we only have a few weeks left of the regular season. Don’t panic, but if you are on the outside looking in, you are running out of time! Streaming options are more important than ever as the Chiefs and Cardinals (two teams with a plethora of offensive talent) enter their Week 12 bye week. Like always, we will provide the best weekly options to stream at quarterback, tight end, and D/ST. Keep in mind, each streaming option will be below 50% owned, according to ESPN leagues.

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Week 11 Streamers

Can you believe it’s already Week 11!?! Some of you have already locked in a playoff spot, and others of you are working hard to earn one of those final spots into the dance. In previous weeks, this series had been full of streaming options that weren’t super reliable. And of course, these players below aren’t “guarantees,” but every single one of them is easy to stream based on their Week 11 matchup. Even the “deep stream” option will start in a ton of leagues this week. Like always, we will provide the best weekly options to stream at quarterback, tight end, and D/ST. Keep in mind, each streaming option will be below 50% owned, according to ESPN leagues.

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Six Redraft Shares to Watch After Week 8

Unless we’re analyzing workhorse running backs or alpha wide receivers, a player’s usage can fluctuate from week to week. Some will shine and some will ruin your week. Remember, targets and opportunities are earned. In this series, I will provide weekly target shares, rushing attempt shares, and snap shares of SIX players (or group of players) to help you understand the value of each of them and decide whether to start ‘em, roster ‘em, or trade ‘em.

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Week 7 Streamers

We are already approaching the halfway point in the fantasy football season. It doesn’t matter what your record is; you MUST look into streaming options every week. Throughout this series, we will provide the best weekly options to stream at quarterback, tight end, and D/ST.  Keep in mind, each streaming option will be below 50% owned, according to ESPN leagues. 

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